Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are dead, joining a long roll call of black people killed by officials acting in the name of public safety. And so the nation now begins a process so familiar as to have become rote.
Many of us will want desperately to know more about these men’s lives, not merely their deaths. After each of the many executions we have collectively mourned, I have grasped for those kinds of details—some reminder that black lives do actually matter, to somebody.
Alton Sterling seems like he was a nice guy. He clearly had a friend in Abdullah Muflahi, who owned the food mart where he sold CDs and DVDs in the parking lot. Sandra Sterling, the aunt who raised him, says he was gregarious, perhaps self-consciously so.
The full story of the killing of Trayvon Martin told by the writer and activist Gina McGill. Here you will find details that were withheld at trial and would have convicted Zimmerman of the murder of the Black teen.
Trayvon Martin was on his way back from the store where he bought some snacks to eat to get ready to watch the All-Star Game. On his way back he saw a man staring at him from a car and this man was on a cell phone.
He told his friend Rachel Jeantel who he was speaking with on his cell phone that the man was staring at him. Many think this man was Zimmerman but it was not.
Scotland Yard’s diversity chief has admitted that black men are more likely to receive worse treatment than white counterparts and that the Met continues to blight the careers of its own ethnic minority staff by racially discriminating against them.
Victor Olisa warned that the Met’s longstanding failings on race were damaging its legitimacy, and its ability to police by consent.
“My view is that on occasions we work on stereotypes and that stereotypes of black men being more aggressive, more confrontational, is a stereotype that plays on some officers’ minds and that can lead to a different level of policing style and force being used on a black suspect than it probably would do otherwise,” Olisa told The Guardian.